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Universities UK written evidence to the Education Select Committee inquiry on Brexit

Our universities are a British success story: world-renowned, internationally competitive and a major economic asset, generating annual output of £73 billion for the British economy. 

As government looks to minimise the turbulence and maximize the opportunities associated with leaving the European Union, universities can play a central role in driving inclusive economic growth locally, regionally and nationally; improving productivity as part of a new industrial strategy; and strengthening our international trade and diplomatic relationships across Europe and the wider world.   

Leaving the European Union poses some major challenges for the UK higher education system, in relation to the recruitment of talented students and staff from across Europe and beyond, future access to invaluable EU networks and funding and international opportunities for UK students and staff.   

However, Universities UK believes that, with the right support and investment from government – both now and in the future – universities can thrive outside the European Union. UUK welcomes the statements made thus far by government on research, structural funding and EU students starting in 2016–17 and 2017–18.

This submission includes further measures that government can take to help universities maximize their contribution to the UK’s economy, regional development and global influence in the coming years.

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